It’s Six Sentence Story Thursday Link Up! #WordPressWednesday

Have you ever wondered exactly where I get inspiration for the six-sentence stories I present each week? The link I include in my posts takes you directly to where you can enter the hop, but do you know anything about Girlie on the Edge, the blogger who facilitates this hop? Well, now you have a chance to not only learn more about her but also to think about creating your own six-sentence story, poem, or essay. The prompt word this week is “handle.” So, after reading the hop rules, open your word processer, and start writing. Stay tuned for my contribution, which will go live tomorrow.

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Welcome to GirlieOnTheEdge and another edition of Six Sentence Stories!
Another edition of a blog hop that has survived. Survived the insistent demands of daily life and its responsibilities; the megaphones of media, demanding we pay attention. We are special. We, who gather at the “Edge each week, possess words to transport us above and beyond our immediate reality, beyond the ever present present. We can go anywhere we want. Because we’re writers. Imagination is our currency. Six Sentence Stories offers the challenge to write and link a story comprised of 6, and only 6, sentences. Any genre. Flash fiction, science fiction, humor, memoir-ette or mystery, the next scene in an upcoming book or current serial story or perhaps a spot of poetry.
Write the words. Share the words. It’s what we do.

Rules of the hop:
Write 6 Sentences. No more. No less.
Use the current…

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First Line Fiction (12) #WordPressWednesday

Fellow blogger Beetley Pete has been participating in a daily fiction challenge where he’s given a first line and must complete the story from there. Today’s contribution reminds me of a time when I flew from Wyoming to Florida to visit my brother and couldn’t make it to Billings, Montana, to catch my flight. Enjoy!

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The first line of this fictional short story was sent to me by one of my longest and very best blogging friends, Cindy Bruchman. A published author and blogger, Cindy lives in Arizona, USA, where she works as a teacher. https://cindybruchman.com/

“On a bitterly cold January morning, after saving for two years, he had enough money to buy a plane ticket to Arizona to visit his friend Cindy.”

Travelling in an English winter was never going to be easy, and the day didn’t start out well. Pete had to get to Heathrow Airport, just west of London, and that was one hundred and thirty miles from his home in Beetley.

And there was something else. That old Jimmy Webb song sung by Glen Campbell was playing on repeat in his head.

“By the time I get to Phoenix…”

As well as a flight of over fourteen hours to anticipate, there…

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Why You Don’t Remember the Amazing Contributions of H.A. Largelamb #SocialMediaMonday

Have you ever heard of H.A. Largelamb? I haven’t, at least not until now. Check out this post from Commonplace Fun facts, and you’ll be surprised!

Commonplace Fun Facts

What do you know about the fantastic accomplishments of H.A. Largelamb? Don’t be so quick to say you never heard of him. Although you might not immediately recognize his name, you almost certainly have heard of him. Unquestionably, you have be influenced by his many accomplishments.


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The Hated Inventor and the Dreaded Thing He Created #WordPressWednesday

Did it ever occur to you that people would stop at nothing to keep someone from inventing something? Well, if I’ve piqued your curiosity, you can read this post from Commonplace Fun Facts and learn more.

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Adolphe Sax Saxophone the hated inventor and the dreaded thing he created

Adolphe must have been the most unfortunate boy ever. He was certainly the most accident-prone. His mother concluded that he was “condemned to misfortune” and concluded that “he won’t live.”

It seemed as if nature knew that this seemingly innocent boy would grow up to invent something so utterly horrifying and threatening that mobs would demand his death.

Who was this unfortunate boy who was condemned to misfortune, and what monstrosity did he grow up to create?


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What’s That Smell? #TMI Tuesday

Don’t judge a blog post by its cover. I doubt you’ll need to hold your nose while reading most of these questions and my answers. Enjoy!

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What is the last song you sang?

 

I perform songs here regularly as part of my Musical Monday feature. The last song I sang was “In the Garden.”

What place are you longing to visit?

 

I’d love to go back to Jupiter, Florida, to see my brother and his family. We always have a great time together. Maybe when this pandemic is over…

Tell us about the last time you were insulted?

 

A fellow blogger once told me I needed to be more creative. Well, I’m using my imagination to the best of my ability, and we are all creative in our own way. What’s creative to one person may not be as creative to another. I’m trying to develop a thick skin and not let such implications bother me, but it isn’t easy.

When was the last time you hung out with anyone not in your immediate household? What did you do?

 

I sang. I perform with a women’s choral group. For the first couple months of the pandemic, we didn’t practice at all, though we met a few times to visit via conference call. Then, at the end of May, in a peak of ingenuity, our director invited us to her home, where we practiced in her driveway. For the next few weeks, since it was warmer, we practiced on her patio, which was shaded. Then, one windy evening, she moved her car out of her garage, and we became a garage band, consisting of a keyboard and at least ten voices. I think that’s how we’ll stay for the rest of the summer.

 

Fill in the blank: I spend a lot of hours ________

 

 

Writing. When I’m not doing that, I’m participating in water exercise classes, reading books and magazines, and listening to podcasts and the occasional radio program.

Bonus: Which is worse–smelly feet or smelly breath?

 

They’re both bad, but what’s worse is the stench of fecal matter. During the six years I cared for my late husband, I dealt with plenty of that, and you can read more in My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds.

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Now, it’s your turn. To learn how to participate, click here. Alternatively, you can answer one or more of the questions in the comment field below. Any way you do it, I look forward to reading your answers.

By the way, from now until July 31st, you can download My Ideal Partner and The Red Dress absolutely free from Smashwords as part of its annual summer/winter sale. Click here to visit my Smashwords author page.

Also, for those of you who use the National Library Services for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. Thank you for reading. Stay safe, happy, and healthy.

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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